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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (10 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846033950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846033957
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 0.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a gripping story and an excellent production, very highly recommended. -- Military Modelcraft International

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Gregory Fremont-Barnes holds a doctorate in Modern History from Oxford University. He is the author of "The French Revolutionary Wars, The Peninsular War, 1807-1814, The Fall of the French Empire, 1813-1815, The Boer War, 1899-1902, The Wars of the Barbary Pirates, Trafalgar 1805, and Nelson's Sailors." He is also editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and co-editor of the five-volume "Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War." He has long-held a fascination with the development and deployment of special forces and the SAS in particular. The author lives in Surrey, England.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. E. Flintham on 19 Nov. 2009
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Brilliant short history of the raid correcting a lot of mistakes in previous accounts (thanks to the involvement of an SAS member who was there) and cool artwork showing a cutaway of the building with entrance and exit points and location of hostages etc.
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On 30 April 1980 six terrorists seized Iranian embassy in London and took 26 hostages. The attackers, Iranian citizens from Arab minority, declared that they were part of Democratic Revolutionary Front of Liberation of Arabistan (DRFLA), one of groups fighting for separation of their homeland, Khuzestan province, from Iran. They were without any doubt working for Saddam Hussein regime, as they received their weapons and some training from Iraqi intelligence service.

The terrorrists requested the release of Arab prisoners held in Iran as well as the right to leave United Kingdom to a safe place of their choice. British governement however had no leverage to obtain the release of Arab prisoners by Iran and anyway was not disposed to accede to terrorists demands.

Six days later the terrorists killed one of the hostages, an Iranian diplomat - after that there could be only one answer and indeed, elite soldiers from Special Air Service (SAS) regiment stormed the embassy. Five out of six terrorists were killed and one was arrested. Tragically, the terrorists had nevertheless the time to kill one of the hostages... One of SAS soldiers was also seriously wounded, but later fully recovered.

This book describes the whole crisis and the SAS attack quite comprehensively and very well indeed, with a lot of important (and also some less important but amusing) details. I learned a lot from it.

This anti-terrorist operation was the first of its kind for the SAS and even if it was obviously a success, from this book it clearly appears that there were still serious weaknesses in anti-terrorist tactics, equipement and training.
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By Carl james Burnham on 22 Feb. 2013
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I had read the `original` in the late `80.......but found this to be to much as a DE-BRIEF, rather that a graphic story.
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By Steve on 22 Jan. 2013
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A really good read ,I remember the raid being on TV and the way these black clad warrior's came from the shadows did what needed to be done the melted away fantastic. This book fills in the gaps and gives you the soldier,s point of view. All in a thoroughly good read.
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